Glover Teixeira vs. Ion Cutelaba, Menifield vs. Moreira set for UFC on ESPN+ 1 in Brooklyn

A pair of light heavyweight fights are ticketed for the UFC’s return to Brooklyn in February.

Glover Teixeira (27-7 MMA, 10-5 UFC) will take on Ion Cutelaba (14-3 MMA, 3-2 UFC), and Alonzo Menifield (7-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) meets Vinicius Moreira (9-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) at UFC on ESPN+ 1. The event takes place Jan. 19 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. The bookings first were reported by Newsday, citing a UFC official.

Former title challenger Teixeira is on an up-and-down run his past six fights. He’ll be looking to rebound from a decision loss to Corey Anderson in July in Germany. Prior to that, he had a TKO win over Misha Cirkunov in December 2017. Teixeira was supposed to fight Jimi Manuwa in September, but an injury knocked him out of the fight.

Cutelaba has won three of his past four fights and two in a row. After a loss to Jared Cannonier, Cutelaba had a 22-second knockout of Henrique da Silva in 2017 and a first-round TKO of Gadzhimurad Antigulov earlier this year.

Menifield will make his UFC debut after winning a shot on Dana White’s Contender Series in June. He kept his record perfect, all by stoppage, with an eight-second ground-and-pound finish of Dashawn Boatwright to win his way into the UFC. He was set to make his promotional debut Saturday in Denver until Saparberg Safarov withdrew with an injury.

Moreira makes his way to the UFC courtesy of Dana White’s Contender Series, as well. He submitted John Allan in the second round in August to earn his shot. THe victory gave him five straight wins, all by submission.

The UFC on ESPN+ 1 lineup includes:

  • Paige VanZant vs. Rachael Ostovich
  • Belal Muhammad vs. Geoff Neal
  • Ion Cutelaba vs. Glover Teixeira
  • Alonzo Menifield vs. Vinicius Moreira

For more on UFC on ESPN+ 1, visit the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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